Former Kivalina substitute teacher charged with attempted sexual exploitation of minor

This Sept. 2, 2015, file aerial image shows the island village of Kivalina, an Alaska Native community of 400 people. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A former substitute teacher in the North Slope community of Kivalina is facing federal charges for child exploitation.

Federal prosecutors say 21-year-old Jayson Knox, who also was known as "Birdie," faces charges of attempted sexual exploitation of a child, transfer of obscene material to a minor, and attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.

Knox was arrested Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Troopers contacted the FBI after it was alleged that Knox was engaging in inappropriate conduct with minors in Kivalina. Knox is accused of using text messages and social media to communicate with 10 minors in the community to send and request sexually explicit images.

It's also alleged that Knox used text messages and social media to try to set up meetings with some of the minors to engage in sexual conduct.

The FBI asks anyone with further information about Knox's activities to contact the Anchorage FBI office at (907) 276-4441.

If convicted of the charges, Knox could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to life.

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